Endhiran: The Robot


Endhiran The Robot is not a blockbuster among many, but the most anticipated film event by many movie fans around the world the comparison with Avatar to the Indian scale, would not be exaggerated. This worldwide release broke all records starting in the three major industries of Indian cinema: Hindi-Tamil-Telugu. Unprecedented performance for a doubled film that has emerged in Bollywood where 3 Idiots and Dabangg were dethroned, while in Tollywood, where the victim is called Magadheera.


Before being the largest Tamil success of 2010, Endhiran was long the fantasy and cursed project director Shankar (specifically, since the early 2000s). This Tamil blockbuster whose huge budget (200 crore ) has made ​​one of the most expensive films in the history of Indian cinema, has almost never see the day. After Kamal Hasan and Shah Rukh Khan is finally Rajinikanth who inherited the title role in a cast that was enhanced by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan .

Initially it is the prestigious duo Ayngaran-Eros that produced the movie, but the global crisis will force them to withdraw in the middle of filming. No one is then able to assume the costs of production and Endhiran seems destined to oblivion. That's when Sun Pictures posed as savior, yet imposing budget cuts. Will he had compromising on quality? Rajni is it not too old for this role? Aishwarya student in medicine, this is a joke? Many questions rose up until the release of the soundtrack and different trailers that put everyone agrees. And there, whether one is a fan or not, we were forced to admit that this film had the mouth, but then a wild look! Promise or not?


Professor Vaseegaran ( Rajni ) worked for 10 years on his life's work: creating a smart android, able to learn and understand the world around him. Her wish is to leave his invention to the Indian Army. Every hero has his heroine and here it comes Sana ( Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ), a medical student who can not bear the absence of his mad scientist boyfriend, constantly holed up in his lab. Vaseegaran's research eventually leading to the commissioning of the robot ( Rajni ) his mother baptize Chitti. Initially, the robot is illustrated by the heroic exploits that earned him the admiration of all, but learning of life is delicate and is around the corner.

Then comes the scene, the dark professor Bhora (Danny Denzongpa) which is none other than the mentor Vaseegaran. The latter, jealous of his pupil, is responsible for discrediting Chitti reproaching him for his lack of humanity. Disappointed but determined, Vaseegaran take technical measures to provide Chitti feelings. After attempts, on a stormy night, a striking thunder ... Chitti.

Think again, the simplicity of the synopsis fortunately not synonymous with ease, but rather accessibility. In a country where the concept of robot is not present in popular culture, it is necessary to adapt it to the local public. The talent of Shankar is to have introduced this innovation without stupefy its staging, allowing it to maintain the regulars of the genre and of interest to neophytes.

Endhiran is not just a masala sci-fi big budget. It is also a beautiful tribute to the myth of asimovien robot with feelings. Shankar clearly draws inspiration from the founding work of Isaac Asimov Robots . We thus find the themes of respect and transgression of the basic rules of robotics. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given to it by a human being, except where such orders would conflict with the first law.

A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. In one scene of the film, Vaseegaran clearly states that did not respect these basic rules established by Asimov. A boldness that will attract him some trouble. The scenario follows the evolution of Chitti, a simple machine according to the guidelines of an android capable of feeling emotions. The film is divided into two parts, the first door on the discovery of the human world by the robot and testing. Then the second half shows the emergence of feelings in Chitti, and the impact that this will engender.

Endhiran is an opportunity to review what the wonderful actor Rajinikanth . Unbelievable but true, aside from the generic animation announcing the Superstar , Rajni is back in exceptional actor, who had been lost for decades. Exit, fly cigarettes (or rather gum flying like Sivaji ), index finger pointed to the sky, steering wheel or gun replicas "punch" that made ​​his famous Superstar . Place inspired by the actor, in the service of the director and his script. Rajni , who endorses here the dual role of the scientist Vaseegaran and Chitti the robot, is an attraction by itself. The Superstar , he remains only the charisma of the actor, reveals an incredible talent!

Her perfect body language and his robot Chitti innocent interpretation of the discovery of the world, attest efforts Rajni to achieve a result which is never a caricature. The actor does not lack to be fun and it has not lost its perfect timing for comedy. When you think you've seen everything, there is still the icing on the cake and Rajni for us a big surprise in the last part of the film, we do not tell you more, but the result is exhilarating.

Rajni is at times hilarious, innocent threatening and moving into the role of the robot Chitti. The actor's performance is not spectacular, but its thoroughness accompanying special effects, and we end up believing that Chitti, a true feat of actor! In an industry where actors take themselves seriously and lose all humility, Rajni laughs with much self-mockery of his advanced age and his wig in a few winks. You'll understand this dual role is Chitti the robot that outweighs Vaseegaran.

Special mention to Chitti 2.0 which is an enjoyable extension of mottai boss (the bald divine) of Sivaji  ! Rajni ignited the jubilant room, where the walls have almost buckle under the decibels of applause! Absolutely beautiful!

After the pavement on Rajinikanth , what is left to the beautiful Aishwarya  ? Well not much, the Superstar crushes everything and there is only little space for the Bachchan bahu (daughter-Bachchan). Aish is stationed in jiggle in the clips and view toothpaste smile for the rest of the film . Yet its role is crucial in the transformation of Chitti and would have benefited from more important. This is one of the criticisms that can be made ​​against Shankar . But can we really blame him, given the genre in which the film evolves? One may wish to rectify the director to read and lay us female characters less vases.

Finally, the villain of the film, Danny Denzongpa, nothing wrong, but its role is reduced and Rajni eventually outperform the radius of infamy, sacred Superstar  ! It's the same scenario for both comedians Santhanam and Karunas, ineffective Stooges and much less funny than Rajni . One wonders what would have made ​​a Vivek at this position. In the end, we can say that many roles are useless because the character of Chitti ends up making them shade in the style of a one-man band. This is surely the commercial need and codes masala that forced the emergence of these stereotypical characters, a mistake Shankar have been avoided.

Side music, AR Rahman is faithful to the station with songs and stakeholders in accordance with the situations. The musical numbers featuring Vaseegaran and Sana, are a pretext to escape. Besides, the clips follow this idea and take us in a beautiful desert dunes in Brazil for Kadhal anukal and Machu Picchu for the delusional Kilimanjaro with Peruvian dancers Mayan Costume (what's the point of calling a song Kilimanjaro if we staged in Peru?). For Chitti, one is initially in a more techno atmosphere Irumbile , before finishing with the grand Arima and symphonic music. Besides the musical hits, the rest of the soundtrack is quite poor. Indeed, in some action scenes where the intensity needs to be reinforced by the music, it is simply absent or minimal. It's very disappointing from an Oscar-winning composer, especially as Shankar belongs with Mani Ratnam , directors loyal to him.

Side clips, Shankar respects the plot of the film by turning those Vaseegaran, "human" in sublime historical and natural settings, while for Chitti, "the robot", one is in the studio with metallic and glittering decorations. Despite working sought embodiment, the musical passages do not fit the film and more like flashy advertisements. Next to this criticism, and paradoxically, it is hard Endhiran without clips flaunt its technical expertise and contribute to the film remains rooted in the kind masala .

We then go to photography, which is sober. Surprisingly, for a film of this size, one would expect an abuse of effects clipesques , but nay! Rathnavelu aka Randy (yes, it's very likely there) preferred to work taking pictures by capturing scenes from novel angles. Special mention for clips shot in unique and unexplored places in the world for Indian cinema. The crystal blue lagoons of the natural park Lençois Maranhenses in Brazil Kadhal anukal and the imposing Machu Picchu Peruvian Kilimanjaro seem to invite into the dark room, as the detail is pushed to its climax. We can only thank Rathnavelu for having transported and makes traveling through his camera, exotic! This aesthetic work is perfectly enhanced by the mounting signed Anthony. We never get bored one second and the film never stagnates. Anthony has worked to make the thrilling scenes, especially in the action scenes where the energy is palpable.

Precisely speaking of action, Peter Hein, whose martial choreography had a hit in Sivaji , handed it to Endhiran but much better. Although Endhiran has many action scenes, there is ultimately only one fight, which takes place on a train. Peter Hein has surrounded the yamakasi French Alex Martin, seen in District 13 , to compose this impressive scene on the screen. Finally, the waterfalls are also of very good quality, especially the frantic chase by car that makes us forget the failed sequence of the outdoor cinema of Sivaji .

Enjoying a comfortable budget, Shankar went for US and Asian technicians to work on the special effects of Endhiran . Announced targets, correct the missteps of his previous films and achieve Hollywood standards in the matter. This mission is successful only in part, because there are very good but the draft. The feat comes from Stan Winston studios whose animatronics are incredible. Whether the robot Chitti version or robotic arms and legs Rajni , the Winston animatronics are living up to their reputation acquired on films like Terminator or Iron Man .

In contrast, synthetic images that come from Asian studios (Hong Kong) are simply unworthy of this production. However, the initial scenes presaged the best (thank you to animatronics that camouflaged visual deficiencies). But in the final scenes where most plans are processed by computer, the defects are obvious. It touches not amateurism, but the perfection of promises are not kept and we are still far from the Hollywood excellence in this field. I do not know whether to attribute it to Shankar and Sun Pictures, as it initially announced we ILM ( Avatar ) for visual effects when the Eros-Ayngaran duo was in charge of the project. Is Sun Pictures has lacked the resources to afford the services of ILM? The question will remain unanswered. But for a film that was ambitious technically innovate and revolutionize the Indian cinema is unfortunately a lackluster result. Still, Endhiran is undoubtedly the most successful Indian film in terms of special and visual effects.

We can not end this without mentioning the critical Sujatha regretted that signed the original screenplay and dialogues of Endhiran . Assigned writer Shankar and Mani Ratnam , was a renowned author Sujatha of Tamil literature, particularly in the genre of science fiction. Endhiran draws much of his book yeen Iniya eanthira (My dear robot), influenced by Isaac Asimov . Despite his disappearance before the start of filming, Shankar has pressed the religiously Sujatha scenario to build his script. This is the main reason for the authenticity of the film, despite a genre that is totally alien to Kollywood. The film openly claimed inspiration from classics, including a friendly nod to Terminator . Despite the influences of world cinema, Endhiran manages to find its own identity through this Indian essence Sujatha was able to breathe.

Shankar has worked to make this the most entertaining movie possible, but it is truly the soul of Sujatha and strength of his script that avoid Endhiran to be an American movie remake. The writer explores fully about raising pertinent questions about the usefulness and limitations of a robot. It injects universal themes such as the clash of good and evil, and human selfishness. Chitti the robot is a kind of mirror that reflects all the qualities and lack of humanity, especially when it acquires the ability to think.

The way the script takes when creating escapes its creator, being tempted by love, gives a metaphysical dimension to Endhiran . The other essential component of this film is humor, simple and powerful. The episodes of the robot to explore the world, are marked by humorous flair Sujatha, with such obvious and amusing replicas. It knows the social consciousness of Shankar , who never fails to criticize the system failures in his films, and Endhiran is no exception to the rule, unlike the Sujatha style allows him to do so lightly.

The film does not stop the charism of Rajinikanth or charm of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan , it poses a key question about the responsibilities vis-à-vis science of humanity. Endhiran illustrates the way the phrase of Rabelais "Science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul." The film could be summarized in a riot of special effects with a scenario lacking substance, but the result is a pleasant surprise. Where I, Robot speculated on the possibility of artificial consciousness, Endhiran anticipates and goes to the next step: what happens when a robot he starts thinking? Feel free to discover it, because Endhiran - The Robot is pure entertainment that does not forget to be smart.

Endhiran , the latest film by Shankar , AR Rahman and Superstar Rajinikanth , has just come out that are already apparent in a tidal wave that sweeps away everything in its path (best of starts, record revenues, etc). And because the film is promising and most promises are kept, which was not obvious in view of the economic situation that the film crossing.

But back to the basics, the film: it's great Shankar , one finds the fabric of his other films (thus either one adheres, or hate). Being a big fan of the Superstar , from the generic I was conquered, but that does not stop me to step back to analyze a little this film, and this is perhaps one of the big strengths of this film, let us enjoy the movie and push us to question after.

The plot of Endhiran is simple enough to be understood by the greatest number: a love triangle whose stake is none other than the beautiful Aishwarya Rai Bachchan , who needs no introduction. This is not her first Tamil film and melts it very natural. I loved his game, while grace and strength. It must be said that the fair has presence and, well, it's at least what it takes to stand facing a Rajni great days.

Indeed, we find our Superstar Rajni but also, as the film was delighted to see evolve before our eyes Rajni actor. It is with pleasure that we share the emotions of the two characters he embodies. And that may be where Shankar troubled me most in his canvas I thought I discerned quite quickly.

In Sivaji - The Boss , the big bad was well defined, with music and slow motion effect, but here it becomes more subtle. He who makes enemies office serves only lever and Rajni becomes omnipotent. It is the positive and the negative, it is good against evil, emotion against reason, against the human metal. Where another actor would play the caricature of the great opposites, Rajni plays the subtlety card showing how much he is a great actor and that this title of Superstar is fully justified. As usual, he is by turns funny and punchy, but this time, there is a depth and consistency that I had not felt in Sivaji . This is probably due to the scenario holds, and that of matter, and the effective management of actors.

Endhiran takes us into an orgy of special effects rather well made, although in my opinion, I find them too abundant. The film would have gained in depth if the dosage of visual effects had been downgraded. Do not expect a Matrix and another Terminator . Although the special effects are well done, synthetic images are too present for my taste and, for once, of lower quality. But this does not affect too much the overall imaging of the film, which remains very well made ​​and has nothing to envy to the western productions. Wink or fable fan fantasy films, one aspect of the last scenes of the film made ​​me think of the famous Gremlins Joe Dante. I do not want to say more to not spoil the fun of those who have not yet seen the movie, but if this "coincidence" is not one, which I'm sure is a really friendly tribute to this cult film.

The action is really good and continues perfectly choreographed fight scenes (HS: I was completely decentralized by a stunt double of which is the beautiful Arya, this time it was a shock but n! is not the only reason I liked the scenes of fighting. Special mention to the original and really nice stage with our friends the mosquitoes! Rangusky, Cholera Jasmine and others! Delirious!

The music of AR Rahman I was not particularly affected. Maybe I had high expectations and I was a little disappointed in the end. Only the last two songs I liked Chitti, ditto for the choreography together rather mixed. None stands out from the crowd. Comedians do not have the weight of Vivek or Vadivelu and that's a shame, they turn out not bad, but still a little hungry for that side. Fortunately, Rajni provides much of gags that, for once, are funnier and make us forget those casting errors.

Endhiran addresses the theme of the humanization of machines, a theme that has been repeatedly addressed in the science fiction of course, but he does it brilliantly and the film is served by a bevy of actors at their best shape.

To return to the criticisms that have been made ​​by the French press, obviously based on the trailer, I find it a shame to label this film in the register of turnips relying solely on a few images, without even understanding the meaning (personally I have a doubt about the control of the Tamil-speaking people). For those who have seen the film, they will understand that nothing has been left to chance by Sir Shankar and an image out of context does not mean much.


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